'The government's approach is too ham-fisted. Young people aren't born radicalised', says Peter Tatchell

Extremism Disruption Orders: 'The government's approach is too ham-fisted', says Peter Tatchell

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell

Friday, July 22, 2016

The right to free speech could be denied as a result of the government's planned 'extremism disruption orders' (EDOs), warns Defend Free Speech and the Peter Tatchell Foundation. 

The government has announced plans to introduce EDOs in a bid to eliminate extremism by restricting the activities of people deemed to be extremist. 

But broadcaster and prominent human-rights campaigner Peter Tatchell claims the move is in danger of causing wider problems. 

"The big problem is that the government has not defined what constitutes extremism," he told Sam Delaney. 

"Many of us are very worried that the idea of banning extremism, including non-violent extremism, could be used to suppress or intimidate legitimate dissenting viewpoints.

"The intention may be one thing, the reality some years later may be entirely different. 

"The government's approach is too ham-fisted. It risks suppressing legitimate opinions, and I think the way forward is in education - young people aren't born radicalised."

Listen to the full interview to find out more